Homeowners in Dubai can now move court against property management companies. This development escalates an already dire situation related to service charge collections.
Dubai , Dubai
31 January 2021, 12:00 AM
28 February 2021, 12:00 AM
Dubai property owners can now file formal complaints with Dubai Land Department if they believe there are serious deficiencies in the quality of their building’s upkeep.
In what is seen as a landmark move in Dubai’s freehold property market, the Rental Disputes Centre which falls under the Land Department – is taking such filings from homeowners.
According to market sources, there are lots of buildings – and even within communities – where service charge collections are not even at the 50 per cent mark. It was recently that RDC started delivering verdicts in cases brought against homeowners for not filing their annual service charges with owners association (OA) management companies.
But with the latest move, homeowners now have a forum to present their complaints against OA management companies and get a full accounting of what they are doing with the service charges. To file their case at RDC, the homeowner must pay Dh200.
“This evens up the situation – homeowners get to voice their concerns and ask for the real estate authorities to intervene on their behalf,” said a homeowner with an apartment in Dubai Marina.